Football season is finally upon us and there is a lot of excitement after a long off-season. With all that has happened surrounding the world of NIL in college sports, athletes need to stay focused and keep their mind right to lead their teams to the college football playoffs. Although there will almost certainly be surprise names at the top of this list by the end of the season, here is a look at the top 5 candidates for the heisman race this upcoming season.
#5 – JT Daniels -QB
Coming in at number 5 on this list is JT Daniels. Daniels was at USC for 2 seasons before transferring over to Georgia last season. Last season he only played 4 games under center where he had just over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air, with only 2 interceptions. Although he only played in 4 games due to injury, he looked very sharp in those games, and now that he is nearing full health again he is expected to make a big leap and lead Georgia to the top 10 rankings and he will need to put up some big numbers to do so.
#4- C.J. Stroud -QB
C.J. Stroud was just recently named starting quarterback this season for the Ohio State Buckeyes. After being redshirted last year, the sophomore QB has some big expectations ahead of him. A 5 star quarterback who is very athletic and is also a talented basketball player should fit right into head coach Ryan Day’s system.
Stroud is a scrambling, fast quarterback with a great ability to escape the pocket and make plays on his feet. He also has a great ability to throw the deep ball, and he will have his first chance to show people what he is made of this season, and I think he does that and impresses as he leads Ohio State near the top of the rankings where they have been for seasons on end now.
#3 – Spencer Rattler -QB
Spencer Rattler might be coming out this season with the most to prove. Coming off a season where he was both top 10 in passing yards and passing touchdowns, he is looking to improve on those already very good numbers. Rattler led the Sooners to a 9-2 record last season, but he has more on his mind and that is the college football playoffs. Rattler started the season not that great last season as they lost 2 of their first 3 games and he was turning the ball over a good amount.
However, the Sooners went on to win 8 games in a row after that, including their dominant bowl win over the Florida Gators. Rattler found his groove and if he can pick up where he left off last season, then expect his name to be in the top of the Heisman rankings and the Sooners to be near the top of the AP Polls as well. As long as Rattler is able to do that and handle the pressure, he should be even better this year than he was last year.
#2 – D.J. UIAGALELEI -QB
D.J. is following in the footsteps of one of the best college quarterbacks we have seen in the college football era in Trevor Lawrence. While that is a tough task to do, D.J. is ready for the big moment. At 6 foot 4 inches and 249 pounds, D.J. Uiagalelei is a hard man to take down.
But don’t let his size fool you, as he has the ability to scramble and run just as good as most of the other guys on this list, and his arm strength and deep throw ability is incredible. As long as D.J. Uiagalelei does what he has always done and stays on the field, the Clemson Tigers are going to be a force to be reckoned with this season, as he has the ability to take them into the playoffs, and I expect him to be towards the top of the heisman watch for the duration of the season. D.J. is among the favorites in my eyes to bring home the heisman trophy this season, although there are a lot of other players who can compete with him as this should be a great year especially for the quarterback position.
#1 – Bryce Young -QB
Bryce Young has a lot of hype behind his name and rightfully so. The 5-star recruit and 2019-20 high school offensive player of the year has a lot to prove this season. Being a quarterback for coach Nick Saban is never an easy task, and it comes with a lot of responsibility and leadership. Following a national championship makes it even that much harder as now the pressure is on, and every team wants to go out and beat you.
However, I think Bryce Young has what it takes and will make a big statement this year. Bryce Young has a very good football IQ and he is ready for the spotlight. After all of his accomplishments in high school, this is just the next step for Young and if he can stay focused and composed I think he will have a great season and hopefully lead the Crimson Tide to another college football playoff run. He is my front runner to take home the trophy this season.
– Noah Danzig